The Ultimate Waterfront Dining: Dock and Dine in San Diego

Dock and Dine - Bali Hai

With more than 70 miles of coastline in San Diego, finding a restaurant with a spectacular waterfront view is hardly a challenge. This is especially true around San Diego Bay, where breathtaking views can be found at local eateries serving everything from casual fish sandwiches to farm-to-table French fare. But for the ultimate in waterfront dining, arriving by car simply won’t do. That’s why 14 restaurants around San Diego Bay offer “Dock and Dine.” No need for a car, just dock your boat directly behind one of these restaurants for a uniquely San Diego dining experience:

Island Prime/C Level Lounge

Island Prime/C Level Lounge

Primo bay views and food at Island Prime restaurant and C Level Lounge

Known equally for steaks and seafood, Island Prime and the adjoining C Level Lounge along the water’s edge of Harbor Island offer panoramic views of the downtown skyline. Island Prime provides an elegant and upscale dining experience, while C Level Lounge has a casual, laid-back atmosphere.

Slip at Sunroad Marina: One at 60 linear ft.
 880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about Island Prime/C Level Lounge

Anthony’s Fish Grotto on the Bay

Dock and Dine at Anthony's Fish Grotto

Dock and dine at Anthony’s Fish Grotto and enjoy views of the bay and the catch of the day

Dock at Anthony’s Fish Grotto along downtown’s Embarcadero and choose between two restaurant experiences. Anthony’s Fish Grotto serves quality seafood in a home-style environment, while Anthony’s Fishette offers fast, casual meals for visitors on the go.  Dockside services also include assistance in cleaning and prepping visitors’ “catch-of-the day.”

Slips: Two at 60 linear ft.
 1360 Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about Anthony’s Fish Grotto on the Bay

Coronado Ferry Landing

Coronado Ferry Landing Bayside

Dock at Coronado Ferry Landing and enjoy a plethora of dining options

Can’t get everyone onboard to pick a place to eat? Sail on over to Coronado Ferry Landing for everything from burgers to barbecue to gyros. Savor dishes inspired by the sea along with a spectacular view of Downtown San Diego at Peohe’s.

Slips: Twelve at 40 linear ft. protected by wave attenuation; one at 150 linear ft. unprotected
Where: 1201 First St, Coronado, CA 92118
> Find out more about Coronado Ferry Landing

Vessel Restaurant at Kona Kai

Vessel Restaurant at Kona Kai Resort

Enjoy views of Point Loma and the harbor on the Vessel terrace

After you dock, make sure to request a patio seat and enjoy views of the marina while you dine on the catch of the day. Even inside you will be treated to amazing harbor views from either a table or the 360º center bar.

Slips: Two at 70 linear ft.
Where: 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
> Find out more about Kona Kai Resort

Bali Hai Restaurant

Dock and Dine - Bali Hai

Dock and Dine at Bali Hai for tiki inspired dishes and drinks

When opened in 1953, the landmark Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island was a paragon of mid-century American tiki culture where the exotic atmosphere drew a swinging crowd. The tiki flare remains, as do the amazing harbor views and a mai tai that will really knock the wind out of your sails.

Slip: One at 90 linear ft.
 2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
> Find out more about Bali Hai Restaurant

> Browse the Port of San Diego’s 14 Dock and Dine Options

With 14 to choose from, where will you set sail to?

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!). What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day? Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah. What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger. Latest music purchases for my iPod player are… I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately. Follow Candice on Twitter @candicesd

1 thought on “The Ultimate Waterfront Dining: Dock and Dine in San Diego

  1. I love seeing all these different options for waterfront dining. San Diego isn’t too far from us, and I’d love to drive there this next year for a quick vacation. The Vessel Restaurant looks beautiful with the glass wall!

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